Ana Forrest has been changing people’s lives for nearly 40 years. An internationally recognized pioneer in yoga and emotional healing, Ana created Forrest Yoga while working through her own healing from her life’s trauma and experience. With thousands of licensed practitioners around the world, Forrest Yoga is renowned as an intensely physical, internally focused practice that emphasizes how to carry a transformative experience off the mat and into daily life.
By teaching asana, breath and an awareness of the movement of energy through the body, Ana teaches yoga from an intuitive and highly developed understanding of the human body and psyche. With her meticulous guidance, Ana’s students cultivate an acute awareness of their own practice and life process, resulting in an exhilarating journey into self-discovery, cleansing and healing. For Ana, this is her intent. “In teaching Forrest Yoga, I am doing my part to mend the hoop of the people - to inspire people to clear through the stuff that hardens them and sickens their bodies so they can walk freely and lightly in a healing way, in a Beauty Way.”
Ana took her first yoga class at age 14 on a dare and became a certified instructor at age 18. Her extensive study and clinical application of healing modalities, including homeopathic and naturopathic remedies, anatomy, reflexology, pressure point therapy, craniosacral therapies, Shiatsu, chiropractic, polarity and hands on healing, always informs her work. In her life-long pursuit of becoming a better teacher and healer, Ana has undertaken intimate studies in Sweat Lodge, Pipe Ceremony, Vision Quest and Sundance with various Native American and African healers.
Ana is an ordained practitioner of Native American Medicine, a Reiki Master, a Certified Regression Therapist, and a graduate of Anthony Robbins Master University. She is a Faculty Member at The University of Bridgeport College of Chiropractic and sits on the Boards of F.A.R.E. Play (Foundation for Athletic Research and Education) and Earth & Sky Circle (organization for Native American Ceremony). She is the recipient of a Los Angeles Mayoral Commendation recognizing her outstanding teaching and healing work in the community, the first time a major U.S. city bestowed such an honor on a yogi or yogini. Ana is a regular contributor to Yoga Journal and a consultant to the USAF 48th Fighter Wing (RAF Lakenheath, UK), Exalted Warrior Foundation (Tampa, FL) and hiwecanhelp.org (Newcastle, UK).
Ana has generated extensive worldwide media coverage. She continues to teach throughout the year around the world. Her book, Fierce Medicine: Breakthrough Practices to Heal the Body and Ignite the Spirit
, (HarperOne) was released May 2011.
Ana co-teaches and creates all of her workshops and events with her partner, Medicine Man Jose Calarco.
About Jose Calarco
Jose Calarco has had a long and wide-ranging association in the arts in Australia and around the World for the last twenty five years, in this time he has covered almost the entire spectrum of experience, from producer and administrator of large-scale events, to innovative artistic direction in the fields of dance, film, theatre, yoga and music. Jose’s strong management credentials have seen Descendance Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Dance Theatre grow into one of Australia’s leading international Cultural Exports. José’s ability to multi-task in marketing, box office, administration, sales, computers, performing musician, recording, writing and artistic direction was the foundation on which Descendance was built; the success of the company came with minimal financial Government support. Descendance has now realized its dreams and potential performing at the World’s premier festivals and events. Jose’s was at the forefront of the world music and dance evolution in the eighties and nineties in Australia as a producer, promoter and performer.
Jose has directed four successful performing dance companies in Australia, which include: Descendance, Ngaru Dancers, Flamenco Dreaming, and Antonio Vargas Flamenco Dance Theatre. Jose gained valuable administration experience managing three high profile arts companies in Sydney, Halftix (an internationally renowned discount arts box office), The Australian Elizabethan Theatre Trust (Australia’s initial funding source for the arts), and Ticketek (Australia’s premier box office). His five years as a Film Buyer & Programmer for Village/Roadshow helped broaden his general knowledge and skills across the arts.
Jose expertise in the International Market Place for the arts has seen him coordinate and successfully tour Descendance to over forty countries these include:
1. China & Hong Kong, 2. USA, (Hawaii, Florida, Miami, Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, and Baltimore.), 3.Canada, (Toronto, Ottawa, Banff, Vancouver), 4.Korea, 5.Germany, 6.England, 7. Hungary, 8.Singapore, 9.Russia, 10.New Zealand, 11.France 12.Reunion Island, 13.Austria, 14.UAE, 15.Spain,16.South Africa, 17.Ghana, 18.Belarus,19.Poland, 20.Lithuania, 21.Latvia, 22.Estonia, 23.Croatia, 24.Serbia, 25.Bulgaria 26.Trinidad 27.Italy 28.Mauritius 29.Seychelles 30.Qatar 31.Vietnam 32.Netherlands. 33. Japan, 34.Taiwan 35. Scotland, 36. Ireland, 37.Sweeden, 38.Denmark, 39.Norway, 40.Thailand, 41.Slovenia 42.Slovacia
Jose orchestrated Descendance's rise to International prominence winning a world dance award in Korea in 2004 for UNESCO, a Brolga award in tourism in 2003, best show award 2003-2004 at Disneyworld’s Epcot Centre, then constructed performances at high profile events such as The Sydney Olympics 2000, Rugby Union World Cup 2003, The Soccer World Cup in Germany 2006, The United Nations indigenous Forum in New York 2006 and The indigenous Forum in Pau France 2006, Jose was a consultant for Discovery Channels “Atlas Australia” the widest film or documentary release ever to come out of Australia, reaching 170 countries, narrated by Russell Crowe and featuring Descendance. In 2009 he coordinated Descendance to launch the Baz Luhrman film “Australia” in Italy.
Jose in unison with Austrade, Tourism Australia, Australia Council and DFAT saw Descendance promote “Australia Weeks” in the USA (LA & San Francisco) 2005-2006, Russia (Moscow) 2005, New Zealand 2006-2008, Croatia 2008, Serbia 2008, Hungary 2005-2006, and Canada (Toronto, Vancouver) 2007-2008. Descendance performed at the Nicole Kidman and Mel Gibson Hollywood Tribute at G’Day LA in 2005 to illustrious reviews.
Jose has produced performances for dignitaries and celebrities such as The Dalai Lama, Queen Elizabeth, Justin Timberlake, Cate Blanchett, Janet Jackson, Desree, Jimmy Cliff, Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Geoffrey Rush, Sylvester Stallone, Olivia Newtown John, Steve Irwin, Keith Urban, The Dixie Chicks, Julio Iglesias, The Black Eyed Peas, Delta Goodram, Ian Thorpe, Jennifer Hawkins (Miss Universe), and Johnny Knoxville (Jackass), as well as Ambassadors, Governor Generals, Presidents, Prime Ministers, and many other political dignitaries both in Australia and abroad.
Jose has been producing indigenous performances at International Corporate events for over fifteen years for diverse audiences ranging from the fields of Science, Technology, Medicine, Performing Arts, Government, Finance, Politics and many other widespread sectors.
Indigenous culture has managed to reach unprecedented international live audiences through Jose’s eye for the big international festivals, with Descendance performing to astonishing sized crowds:, 100,000 (Honolulu Festival 2005-2012), 87,000 (Midsummer Night’s Dream Festival Germany 2005), 60,000 (Sziget Festival Hungary 2005), 35,000 ( Drum Festival Korea 2004), 30,000 (Food & Wine Festival Disneyworld Florida Epcot Centre 2003-2005)., 30,000 (Toast Festival London 2009), 20,000 (Pau Festival France 2006), 50,000 (Guca Festival Serbia 2010), 20,000 (Vitebsk Festival Belarus), 60,000 (Asia Cup Festival Qatar), 30,000 (The Gold Show Festival Ghana) Jose has created a blue chip client base for indigenous culture whilst gaining immeasurable TV and Media coverage culminating in Descendance reaching millions around the world .
In 2011 Jose & Descendance released the “Creation” album. CREATION is a collection of all the music from its diverse range of concerts and theatre productions, styles include: Traditional Aboriginal mainland, Traditional Torres Strait Islander, Contemporary tracks written by Jose, and fusion works with other cultures. Twenty six great tracks in total.
Most recently Jose has been the Ceremonial Leader for Forrest Yoga events lead by the Creatrix of Forrest Yoga, Ana T. Forrest. He creates and teaches ceremonies, tells creation stories from the traditions of the First Peoples of Australia and other shamanic ethnicities and weaves these into setting the intent for the yoga practice. Jose brings his passion, playfulness and heartfelt respect for the ceremonial traditions of the First Peoples to every workshop.
2015-2017 Ceremony and Cultural Leader for Forrest Yoga global events
2016 Co-created with Ana T. Forrest a month-long Yoga & Ceremony online course for CodyApp.com and as well a 3-class yoga and Ceremony Course for online educational platform YogaUonline.com
2000-2017 Director/Administrator Descendance Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Dance Theatre produced CD’s, DVD’s, Websites, Brochures, Documentaries and Marketing Strategies.
2002-2009 Manager/Red Centre Dreaming (Alice Springs), contracted Descendance to Aurora Resorts, 400 shows per year, one of Australia’s longest running dance events, winner of the Brolga Award for tourism in 2003.
2000-2016 International touring to over 40 countries and 150 cities
2000-2017 International Conventions, each year Sydney and Australia hosts up to 50 conventions with Descendance providing the creative and cultural themes.
2000-2017 Performances around Australia for Schools, Museums, Art Galleries, Corporate Events, Political Events, Festivals, Workshops, Community, TV, Radio, Jails.
2006-2017 Aboriginal Community programs for Palm Island, Mapoon, Mt Isa and Yarrabah, North Queensland, Performances training and tutoring of indigenous children.
2000-2017 Performances on the world’s great cruise liners : Oriana, Aurora, Saga Rose, the World, Amsterdam, Queen Mary 2.
2002-2012 Descendance festival performances in Australia, including “Sydney Dreaming” and the Dreaming Festival (Woodford).
2000-2007 Directed cross cultural collaborations Theatrical Shows “Spirits’ of the Soil”, “Flamenco Dreaming”, Tree Of Life”, “The Lovers” and “Portal”.
1997-1999 Manager Ngaru Aboriginal Dance Company.
1992-1997 Director Flamenco Dreaming. Directed shows “Antipodes”, "To India with Love”
1987-1992 Director of Antonio Vargas Flamenco Dance Theatre, Produced Theatre performances “Chronicles of a Death Foretold”, Passion Grace & Fire, and the dance content for the film Strictly Ballroom.
1987-1999 Manager Halftix and The Australian Elizabethan Theatre Trust.
Forrest Yoga's therapeutic credentials are based on over 40 years of research and experience from working with thousands of people across the globe.